October 06, 2010

LGBT Center Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony over Alumni Weekend

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A ribbon-cutting marked the opening Friday of the LGBT Center.

An energetic crowd of students and other community members helped Case Western Reserve University celebrate the new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center that opened on campus earlier this year.

University leaders chose to hold the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to coincide with LGBT Alumni activities taking place this year as part of Alumni Weekend. 

“[This] marks a special moment in the life of our university,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “Today we celebrate all that we have accomplished. We also recognize how much more we have yet to do.”

The new space is in the southwest corner of the first floor of Thwing Center. It includes a lounge, kitchenette, office, and study and meeting space. It has been designed to offer areas that encourage informal gatherings as well as more structured events. In addition, the LGBT Center will provide places where people can seek both information and support.

It is the university’s first permanent designated space for members of the LGBT community and its allies, and was made possible through a generous donation from a private foundation.

 “The new LGBT Center is a major step forward in the continued creation of an inclusive campus community,” said interim center coordinator Liz Roccoforte. “The center is a space for dialogue, learning, support as well as a beautiful space to hang out, do homework and find other people who care about being in a space that values human diversity.”

Watch a video of the dedication ceremony and visit the website to learn more about the center.

Posted by: David Wilson, October 6, 2010 07:56 AM | News Topics:

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